Huawei Technologies has got Sweden’s court on its side after the country banned the Chinese telecoms behemoth from its 5G mobile networks.
“The Administrative Court in Stockholm has today decided that the license condition relating to Huawei in the allocation of the 3.5 GHz and 2.3 GHz bands will not apply for the time being (inhibition).
A Stockholm administrative court has suspended the ban by Sweden’s Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) on using Huawei and ZTE equipment and infrastructure for the runners in the 5G spectrum auction. In response, PTS halted the auctions on Monday, as reported by Reuters.
Huawei has appealed the ban and is anticipating discussions with Swedish authorities, Reuters said, citing Kenneth Fredriksen, Huawei’s executive vice president in Central East Europe and Nordic Region.
The company also said it is “willing to cooperate fully” on any requirements the government imposes.
The ban on using Huawei equipment in 5G networks has been set into effect in the United Kingdom in addition to the United States.
Senior Judge Johan Lundmark said in a court statement, “The decision granting a stay means that the terms concerning, among other things, the use of products from Huawei until further notice do not apply during the Administrative Court’s continued deliberation of the case.”
Separately, news surfaced that Huawei may be selling its budget smartphone business Honor as it struggles with sanctions and trickling chip supply. Caixin Global reports that the Chinese giant is in talks with potential buyers, including the Chinese state, on the deal which may be valued at around $15 billion.